St George's, University of London

St George's, University of London

Clinical Research

This course aims to provide a focused programme of practical and academic study to enable healthcare and health science professionals to acquire the necessary research skills for future careers in clinical research. This inter-professional programme is suitable for a range of professionals, including nurses, midwives pharmacists, allied health professionals and health scientists. The course builds on existing research skills and introduces contemporary professional research practices employed within health care and health science environments. It aims to develop appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to be an effective and productive researcher. Throughout the course attendees will learn about the processes and principles associated with good clinical practice research. You will also develop a range of advanced transferable and applied research skills which enable you to plan, lead and manage clinical research, promote and drive change in clinical practice, and actively engage with the wider research community. The course encourages interaction with researchers working at the cutting edge of specific areas of applied clinical research. There will be opportunities to undertake a clinical research project and be supported by an academic supervisor as well as a clinical mentor from your own organisation to help facilitate data collection and negotiation through external and internal Trust research governance approval processes. There are also opportunities to gain placement experience of research roles and practice, service improvement and innovation.

Entry requirements

Applicants require: an Honours degree in a subject relevant to health or social care with a classification of at least 2.1; alternative professional qualifications may be considered, particularly if there is evidence of recent postgraduate study at master's level 7; at least 1 year of clinical experience and employment within either in the NHS or an equivalent health or social care organisation; written support from an employer.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Research methods (15 credits); critical appraisal (15 credits); applied research (15 credits); research project on a topic related to clinical practice (105 credits). Optional modules: Statistics (15 credits) OR data analysis (15 credits); implementation and improvement science (15 credits) OR negotiated independent learning (15 credits).

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include research protocol, oral and poster presentations, examination, critiques, reflective reports and dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals employed within the NHS have the opportunity to access one of eighteen studentships funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Chief Nursing Officer, subject to meeting entry requirements and a successful interview; full-time and part-time studentships are available; the funding covers the course fees and your employer will be reimbursed the cost of your salary for the duration of your secondment; full details of which professions are eligible to apply for a funded place are available on the NIHR website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MRes Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
St George's, University of London Wandsworth SW17 0RE South East

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